Crystal Palace to get brand new music venue where Bob Marley and Pink Floyd used to play

An iconic music venue in Crystal Palace Park, South London which has hosted the likes of Bob Marley and Pink Floyd is one step closer to restoring an abandoned concert stage.

Crystal Palace Bowl’s open-air concert stage was last used around 15 years ago and has been left in a “terrible, rotten state”, according to campaigners.

However, a recent crowdfunder was launched in February this year to restore the wooden stage and has already exceeded its £53,000 target.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who pledged £18,000 for the campaign, has been described as “fantastic” by campaigners.

An extra £6,000 has been raised, with four days still to go until the crowdfunder ends (May 11).

A spokesperson for the campaign says: “This crowdfunder is to pave the way for live music to return in the near future.

 

“It’s been such a challenging year for live music in general, you’ve got this sleeping giant of a venue that’s slowly stirring and waking from its slumber.

“The campaign has been really optimistic and powerful, I guess everyone loves a comeback don’t they.”

The campaign was organised by the Crystal Palace Park Trust, a charity run by locals who help improve and regenerate the park.

Money raised will help remove the current stage flooring, which is unsafe, while the 375 square metre stage area will receive long-lasting Ekki timber flooring.

The new Ekki timber flooring will make the stage stable and lasts around 25 years.

Donations will also help maintain the essential back-of-house services and facilities.

The restoration of the open-air stage coincides with Crystal Palace Bowl’s 60th anniversary this year.

Campaigners hope restoration work can begin by September, as Wireless Festival and South Facing Festival will take place in Crystal Palace Park this Summer.

Crystal Palace Bowl in 1997 (Image: Dennis Gilbert)
Bob Marley and the Wailers performed at the venue in 1980 (Image: Pete Still)
Crystal Palace Bowl today (Image: Christopher Hope Fitch)